Wife of marine Alexander Blackman says she is in a 'terrible dream'

The Argus: Wife of marine Alexander Blackman says she is in a 'terrible dream' Wife of marine Alexander Blackman says she is in a 'terrible dream'

The wife of a marine given a life sentence for murder has said she feels like she is in a “terrible dream”.

Claire Blackman spoke to The Daily Telegraph for the first time since her husband Alexander Blackman, who she calls Al, was jailed for life and ordered to serve a minimum of ten years.

Blackman, whose mother is understood to still live in Brighton where he is originally from, was filmed shooting dead an injured Taliban insurgent in Afghanistan.

He shot the man at close range with a 9mm pistol.

He said to the man on shooting him: “There you are. Shuffle off this mortal coil, you ****. It’s nothing you wouldn’t do to us.”

A court was told the action took place “in cold blood” and Blackman was discharged with disgrace from the Royal Marines.

The 39-year-old has been named publically following the incident in Helmand Province, Afghanistan in September 2011, despite extremist target fears.

Judge Advocate General Jeff Blackett told Blackman, originally from Brighton, “You treated that Afghan man with contempt and murdered him in cold blood”.

Mrs Blackman, a PR executive from Somerset, said her husband was ashamed of his actions.

She told the newspaper: “I still think I am going to wake up and find it’s been a terrible dream. If only one could rewind – hindsight is a wonderful thing.

“I am sure Al would love to just travel back in time and undo that moment. I don’t doubt it for a second. It’s been described as a moment of madness, a lack of judgment. He can’t undo it and he’s terribly ashamed of it but I still don’t think it should have led to where we are now.”

But the 42-year-old added both her and Blackman were overwhelmed by the support they had received, saying: “I no longer feel alone. It feels like the whole country is behind us.”

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2:51pm Sat 14 Dec 13

Cave Johnson says...

So is the Argus official line to promote sympathy for a murderer?
So is the Argus official line to promote sympathy for a murderer? Cave Johnson

2:57pm Sat 14 Dec 13

falmer seagull says...

I feel that the whole country is not behind her!
I feel that the whole country is not behind her! falmer seagull

3:19pm Sat 14 Dec 13

Dandyli0n says...

"Lack of judgement" is no justification for murder or the blatant violation of the Geneva Conventions. Saying that "they would have done it to him" is not a justification for doing it; it's exactly what is wrong with the **** Taliban. The Taliban are evil because they do things like this. That is why we are holding ourselves to higher standards, and that is why Blackman's murder is no better than the Taliban's behaviour.

I am ashamed of The Argus for posting such disgusting sympathy articles for a cold-blooded murder and his apologist followers.

I should hope the whole country is NOT behind this murderer, but if it is, it's a sad reflection on our country.
"Lack of judgement" is no justification for murder or the blatant violation of the Geneva Conventions. Saying that "they would have done it to him" is not a justification for doing it; it's exactly what is wrong with the **** Taliban. The Taliban are evil because they do things like this. That is why we are holding ourselves to higher standards, and that is why Blackman's murder is no better than the Taliban's behaviour. I am ashamed of The Argus for posting such disgusting sympathy articles for a cold-blooded murder and his apologist followers. I should hope the whole country is NOT behind this murderer, but if it is, it's a sad reflection on our country. Dandyli0n

4:04pm Sat 14 Dec 13

JHunty says...

Alexander Blackman 10years in prison.
omar deghayes £1,000,000 of the tax payers money.
You can rant all you like about murderers but there is no justice in a man who served his country getting ten years and a man who went to the aid of this country's enemies getting a million pounds.
Alexander Blackman 10years in prison. omar deghayes £1,000,000 of the tax payers money. You can rant all you like about murderers but there is no justice in a man who served his country getting ten years and a man who went to the aid of this country's enemies getting a million pounds. JHunty

4:25pm Sat 14 Dec 13

bikerjimbo says...

I am glad the above comments are getting negative reviews. How many of the reviewers have actually been in a war. I haven't although I served in 3 military hot spots where on 2 of my postings getting shot at and RPGd daily came with the territory. It is very scary and you do intend to get the guys who are shooting at you regardless of the Geneva convention. It is dog eats dog not a computer game or to be criticised from an armchair...unless you have been there.He is not a murderer albeit he acted outside the Geneva convention. In a war you will act differently and there does seem to be some mitigation bearing in mind the atrocities he witnessed and had to live with apparently on a daily basis. In my mind it is a shame it was on video and even kept to be discovered later. .
I am glad the above comments are getting negative reviews. How many of the reviewers have actually been in a war. I haven't although I served in 3 military hot spots where on 2 of my postings getting shot at and RPGd daily came with the territory. It is very scary and you do intend to get the guys who are shooting at you regardless of the Geneva convention. It is dog eats dog not a computer game or to be criticised from an armchair...unless you have been there.He is not a murderer albeit he acted outside the Geneva convention. In a war you will act differently and there does seem to be some mitigation bearing in mind the atrocities he witnessed and had to live with apparently on a daily basis. In my mind it is a shame it was on video and even kept to be discovered later. . bikerjimbo

4:28pm Sat 14 Dec 13

Sussex jim says...

A moment's indecision in the heat of a battle; fighting a scum enemy that promotes the growing of the illegal drugs that find their way on to our streets to ruin our young. After all, why are we there anyway?
I'm sorry: but I stick my head above the parapet on this one, and expect to get verbally shot at.
I also expect to get support from many of the normal people that still make up the majority of the population in the Brighton area. I feel sorry for Mrs.Blackman (both the wife and the mother); and hope that Alexander is free in a few years, to pursue a normal civilian life.
Many other prisoners are let out early after committing burglary,rape,etc; I just hope AB gets the same leinient treatment.
A moment's indecision in the heat of a battle; fighting a scum enemy that promotes the growing of the illegal drugs that find their way on to our streets to ruin our young. After all, why are we there anyway? I'm sorry: but I stick my head above the parapet on this one, and expect to get verbally shot at. I also expect to get support from many of the normal people that still make up the majority of the population in the Brighton area. I feel sorry for Mrs.Blackman (both the wife and the mother); and hope that Alexander is free in a few years, to pursue a normal civilian life. Many other prisoners are let out early after committing burglary,rape,etc; I just hope AB gets the same leinient treatment. Sussex jim

4:53pm Sat 14 Dec 13

bikerjimbo says...

Sussex jim wrote:
A moment's indecision in the heat of a battle; fighting a scum enemy that promotes the growing of the illegal drugs that find their way on to our streets to ruin our young. After all, why are we there anyway?
I'm sorry: but I stick my head above the parapet on this one, and expect to get verbally shot at.
I also expect to get support from many of the normal people that still make up the majority of the population in the Brighton area. I feel sorry for Mrs.Blackman (both the wife and the mother); and hope that Alexander is free in a few years, to pursue a normal civilian life.
Many other prisoners are let out early after committing burglary,rape,etc; I just hope AB gets the same leinient treatment.
here here
[quote][p][bold]Sussex jim[/bold] wrote: A moment's indecision in the heat of a battle; fighting a scum enemy that promotes the growing of the illegal drugs that find their way on to our streets to ruin our young. After all, why are we there anyway? I'm sorry: but I stick my head above the parapet on this one, and expect to get verbally shot at. I also expect to get support from many of the normal people that still make up the majority of the population in the Brighton area. I feel sorry for Mrs.Blackman (both the wife and the mother); and hope that Alexander is free in a few years, to pursue a normal civilian life. Many other prisoners are let out early after committing burglary,rape,etc; I just hope AB gets the same leinient treatment.[/p][/quote]here here bikerjimbo

4:55pm Sat 14 Dec 13

Mark63 says...

From where I am sitting, I cannot imagine what being in a war zone does to one's mind. Having said there, there is never any justification for taking another person's life and doing so deserves punishment and as the accused himself said - he broke the Geneva Convention, which is there to protect people. I am shocked by the attitude of those who seem to think he should be dealt with more lightly. There have to be standards that civilised nations adhere to.
From where I am sitting, I cannot imagine what being in a war zone does to one's mind. Having said there, there is never any justification for taking another person's life and doing so deserves punishment and as the accused himself said - he broke the Geneva Convention, which is there to protect people. I am shocked by the attitude of those who seem to think he should be dealt with more lightly. There have to be standards that civilised nations adhere to. Mark63

6:17pm Sat 14 Dec 13

a person says...

It makes me smile to read the comment ..
“”There have to be standards that civilised nations adhere to.””
“”We have higher standards “”
Have you looked around at England .????

Thousands of people needing food banks,
Thousands of people who cant afford to heat their homes .
People not flushing toilets / cleaning because of water meters.
People sleeping on the streets.

People dying because of medical negligence.
People dying in “”care homes “” through neglect .
Babies dying at birth due to lack of competent midwives.
When are all the lessons from someone’s death
“” going to be learnt “”

People being murdered , not even in self defence or in a war and
usually for money.
Convicted criminals not going to prison.
People being rapped ,mugged , knifed ,shot .
No police on the streets , stopping solving crimes.

England needs higher standards but unfortunately ,
Cameron and co. are dragging England down to way below
third world country standards .
It makes me smile to read the comment .. “”There have to be standards that civilised nations adhere to.”” “”We have higher standards “” Have you looked around at England .???? Thousands of people needing food banks, Thousands of people who cant afford to heat their homes . People not flushing toilets / cleaning because of water meters. People sleeping on the streets. People dying because of medical negligence. People dying in “”care homes “” through neglect . Babies dying at birth due to lack of competent midwives. When are all the lessons from someone’s death “” going to be learnt “” People being murdered , not even in self defence or in a war and usually for money. Convicted criminals not going to prison. People being rapped ,mugged , knifed ,shot . No police on the streets , stopping solving crimes. England needs higher standards but unfortunately , Cameron and co. are dragging England down to way below third world country standards . a person

6:44pm Sat 14 Dec 13

brighton bluenose says...

Sussex jim wrote:
A moment's indecision in the heat of a battle; fighting a scum enemy that promotes the growing of the illegal drugs that find their way on to our streets to ruin our young. After all, why are we there anyway?
I'm sorry: but I stick my head above the parapet on this one, and expect to get verbally shot at.
I also expect to get support from many of the normal people that still make up the majority of the population in the Brighton area. I feel sorry for Mrs.Blackman (both the wife and the mother); and hope that Alexander is free in a few years, to pursue a normal civilian life.
Many other prisoners are let out early after committing burglary,rape,etc; I just hope AB gets the same leinient treatment.
But it wasn't "in the heat of battle" to use your over-worn cliche was it?! The fact is this Talib was wounded, unarmed and no threat and the 'battle' that you refer to had ended! We are there to allegedly assist in restoring 'law and order' - that doesn't nor shouldn't include summary justice! Blackman was lucky to get just 10 years and this was surely a reflection of service he has given and what he'd been through out there!
[quote][p][bold]Sussex jim[/bold] wrote: A moment's indecision in the heat of a battle; fighting a scum enemy that promotes the growing of the illegal drugs that find their way on to our streets to ruin our young. After all, why are we there anyway? I'm sorry: but I stick my head above the parapet on this one, and expect to get verbally shot at. I also expect to get support from many of the normal people that still make up the majority of the population in the Brighton area. I feel sorry for Mrs.Blackman (both the wife and the mother); and hope that Alexander is free in a few years, to pursue a normal civilian life. Many other prisoners are let out early after committing burglary,rape,etc; I just hope AB gets the same leinient treatment.[/p][/quote]But it wasn't "in the heat of battle" to use your over-worn cliche was it?! The fact is this Talib was wounded, unarmed and no threat and the 'battle' that you refer to had ended! We are there to allegedly assist in restoring 'law and order' - that doesn't nor shouldn't include summary justice! Blackman was lucky to get just 10 years and this was surely a reflection of service he has given and what he'd been through out there! brighton bluenose

7:01pm Sat 14 Dec 13

mimseycal says...

Mark63 wrote:
From where I am sitting, I cannot imagine what being in a war zone does to one's mind. Having said there, there is never any justification for taking another person's life and doing so deserves punishment and as the accused himself said - he broke the Geneva Convention, which is there to protect people. I am shocked by the attitude of those who seem to think he should be dealt with more lightly. There have to be standards that civilised nations adhere to.
I have been in the heat of battle and there is no explaining what it does to you while you are in the thick of it; not to those who haven't been through it themselves.

1. The battle was over
2. The 'enemy' being severely wounded was not a threat
3. The 'enemy' was removed from the immediate arena
4. The 'enemy' was not murdered but executed
5. The 'enemy' was not cleanly executed but abused as well

Civilised nations aside, there should be standards we all adhere to.
[quote][p][bold]Mark63[/bold] wrote: From where I am sitting, I cannot imagine what being in a war zone does to one's mind. Having said there, there is never any justification for taking another person's life and doing so deserves punishment and as the accused himself said - he broke the Geneva Convention, which is there to protect people. I am shocked by the attitude of those who seem to think he should be dealt with more lightly. There have to be standards that civilised nations adhere to.[/p][/quote]I have been in the heat of battle and there is no explaining what it does to you while you are in the thick of it; not to those who haven't been through it themselves. 1. The battle was over 2. The 'enemy' being severely wounded was not a threat 3. The 'enemy' was removed from the immediate arena 4. The 'enemy' was not murdered but executed 5. The 'enemy' was not cleanly executed but abused as well Civilised nations aside, there should be standards we all adhere to. mimseycal

8:45pm Sat 14 Dec 13

BorisTheBulletDodger says...

Soldiers are supposed to kill the enemy.
War is a nasty business.
If the roles were reversed then SGT Blackman would of been getting his head cut off on Youtube.
You cant let the enemy go and expect them not to come back and kill you.
Stupid Politicians have got a hand in this.
Soldiers are supposed to kill the enemy. War is a nasty business. If the roles were reversed then SGT Blackman would of been getting his head cut off on Youtube. You cant let the enemy go and expect them not to come back and kill you. Stupid Politicians have got a hand in this. BorisTheBulletDodger

9:20pm Sat 14 Dec 13

brighton bluenose says...

BorisTheBulletDodger wrote:
Soldiers are supposed to kill the enemy.
War is a nasty business.
If the roles were reversed then SGT Blackman would of been getting his head cut off on Youtube.
You cant let the enemy go and expect them not to come back and kill you.
Stupid Politicians have got a hand in this.
Yeah and you would be screaming blue murder that they'd killed a prisoner - but you clearly want it both ways!!
[quote][p][bold]BorisTheBulletDodger[/bold] wrote: Soldiers are supposed to kill the enemy. War is a nasty business. If the roles were reversed then SGT Blackman would of been getting his head cut off on Youtube. You cant let the enemy go and expect them not to come back and kill you. Stupid Politicians have got a hand in this.[/p][/quote]Yeah and you would be screaming blue murder that they'd killed a prisoner - but you clearly want it both ways!! brighton bluenose

10:30pm Sat 14 Dec 13

hey mongo says...

Let him out now...
Let him out now... hey mongo

10:51pm Sat 14 Dec 13

mimseycal says...

brighton bluenose wrote:
BorisTheBulletDodger wrote:
Soldiers are supposed to kill the enemy.
War is a nasty business.
If the roles were reversed then SGT Blackman would of been getting his head cut off on Youtube.
You cant let the enemy go and expect them not to come back and kill you.
Stupid Politicians have got a hand in this.
Yeah and you would be screaming blue murder that they'd killed a prisoner - but you clearly want it both ways!!
brightonbluenose, don't be surprised. Most of these posts are subjective reaction.
[quote][p][bold]brighton bluenose[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BorisTheBulletDodger[/bold] wrote: Soldiers are supposed to kill the enemy. War is a nasty business. If the roles were reversed then SGT Blackman would of been getting his head cut off on Youtube. You cant let the enemy go and expect them not to come back and kill you. Stupid Politicians have got a hand in this.[/p][/quote]Yeah and you would be screaming blue murder that they'd killed a prisoner - but you clearly want it both ways!![/p][/quote]brightonbluenose, don't be surprised. Most of these posts are subjective reaction. mimseycal

1:27am Sun 15 Dec 13

a person says...

mimseycal wrote:
brighton bluenose wrote:
BorisTheBulletDodger wrote:
Soldiers are supposed to kill the enemy.
War is a nasty business.
If the roles were reversed then SGT Blackman would of been getting his head cut off on Youtube.
You cant let the enemy go and expect them not to come back and kill you.
Stupid Politicians have got a hand in this.
Yeah and you would be screaming blue murder that they'd killed a prisoner - but you clearly want it both ways!!
brightonbluenose, don't be surprised. Most of these posts are subjective reaction.
In world war one
more than 300 soldiers were shot at dawn , for crimes !!
that nowadays would be treated as medical cases.

They were shot because the so called leaders believed that if
they were not murdered by their comrades at dawn then nobody would fight the war.

This of course has been proved wrong as thousands of people have
joined the army since world war one.

It is not hard to see that cameron seems to have similar inhuman beliefs that previous governments had.
[quote][p][bold]mimseycal[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]brighton bluenose[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BorisTheBulletDodger[/bold] wrote: Soldiers are supposed to kill the enemy. War is a nasty business. If the roles were reversed then SGT Blackman would of been getting his head cut off on Youtube. You cant let the enemy go and expect them not to come back and kill you. Stupid Politicians have got a hand in this.[/p][/quote]Yeah and you would be screaming blue murder that they'd killed a prisoner - but you clearly want it both ways!![/p][/quote]brightonbluenose, don't be surprised. Most of these posts are subjective reaction.[/p][/quote]In world war one more than 300 soldiers were shot at dawn , for crimes !! that nowadays would be treated as medical cases. They were shot because the so called leaders believed that if they were not murdered by their comrades at dawn then nobody would fight the war. This of course has been proved wrong as thousands of people have joined the army since world war one. It is not hard to see that cameron seems to have similar inhuman beliefs that previous governments had. a person

1:39am Sun 15 Dec 13

mimseycal says...

@ a person 1:27am Sun 15 Dec 13

In WWI men were shot for desertion and cowardice ... the number is actually 306. And yes, many of them would now be considered as suffering from PTSD, battle fatigue or shell shock; the psychological condition has had a variety of names since it was first given credence.
And the relevance is .... what exactly?

War is wrong, a defensive war is understandable but a war of aggression? But if we must engage, at least let us try and stick to some basic rules and the most fundamental one of which is one we all learn in the playground ... you don't kick a man when he is down as that is the act of a bully!
@ a person 1:27am Sun 15 Dec 13 In WWI men were shot for desertion and cowardice ... the number is actually 306. And yes, many of them would now be considered as suffering from PTSD, battle fatigue or shell shock; the psychological condition has had a variety of names since it was first given credence. And the relevance is .... what exactly? War is wrong, a defensive war is understandable but a war of aggression? But if we must engage, at least let us try and stick to some basic rules and the most fundamental one of which is one we all learn in the playground ... you don't kick a man when he is down as that is the act of a bully! mimseycal

5:02pm Sun 15 Dec 13

bluemonday says...

the reason this soldier was done for murder is because we hold the moral high ground,we are meant to be there to protect them from this sort of behaviour,if people think it is acceptable to do this in that situation then we are no better than them,we either have to stick to the Geneva convention or scrap our brave,loyal and respected armed forces and employ mercenaries to do as they please
the reason this soldier was done for murder is because we hold the moral high ground,we are meant to be there to protect them from this sort of behaviour,if people think it is acceptable to do this in that situation then we are no better than them,we either have to stick to the Geneva convention or scrap our brave,loyal and respected armed forces and employ mercenaries to do as they please bluemonday

7:24pm Sun 15 Dec 13

Andy R says...

Sussex jim wrote:
A moment's indecision in the heat of a battle; fighting a scum enemy that promotes the growing of the illegal drugs that find their way on to our streets to ruin our young. After all, why are we there anyway?
I'm sorry: but I stick my head above the parapet on this one, and expect to get verbally shot at.
I also expect to get support from many of the normal people that still make up the majority of the population in the Brighton area. I feel sorry for Mrs.Blackman (both the wife and the mother); and hope that Alexander is free in a few years, to pursue a normal civilian life.
Many other prisoners are let out early after committing burglary,rape,etc; I just hope AB gets the same leinient treatment.
"A moment's indecision"? What are you even talking about? You don't seem to have even a passing acquaintance with the recorded facts of how this man calmly acted as judge, jury and executioner of a man who was supposed to be in his custody. He's clearly not going to serve more than 10 years (unless he's overcome by the urge to appoint himself Chief Vigilante again while inside). I'd say that's quite lenient enough.
[quote][p][bold]Sussex jim[/bold] wrote: A moment's indecision in the heat of a battle; fighting a scum enemy that promotes the growing of the illegal drugs that find their way on to our streets to ruin our young. After all, why are we there anyway? I'm sorry: but I stick my head above the parapet on this one, and expect to get verbally shot at. I also expect to get support from many of the normal people that still make up the majority of the population in the Brighton area. I feel sorry for Mrs.Blackman (both the wife and the mother); and hope that Alexander is free in a few years, to pursue a normal civilian life. Many other prisoners are let out early after committing burglary,rape,etc; I just hope AB gets the same leinient treatment.[/p][/quote]"A moment's indecision"? What are you even talking about? You don't seem to have even a passing acquaintance with the recorded facts of how this man calmly acted as judge, jury and executioner of a man who was supposed to be in his custody. He's clearly not going to serve more than 10 years (unless he's overcome by the urge to appoint himself Chief Vigilante again while inside). I'd say that's quite lenient enough. Andy R

11:13pm Sun 15 Dec 13

greeg2 says...

Maybe she wouldn't be in a "terrible dream" if she hadn't married this murderer.
He'll be back home in 2023,the guy he murdered won't be !
Maybe she wouldn't be in a "terrible dream" if she hadn't married this murderer. He'll be back home in 2023,the guy he murdered won't be ! greeg2

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